(COVINGTON,La) — The St. Paul’s School mascot has been around since the Key Club raised money to buy the first costume in 1979. But what do the fans and crowds at the parades call the wolf? The wolf needs a name.
“I don’t think the mascot ever had an official name,” said Pierre Simoneaux, Marching Wolves Drum Major during the 1981-82 school year. “We called him ‘Wolfe’ (pronounced wo͝olf-ē) because back then, we had an annual variety show that used that name for a theme each year – like ‘Wolfe goes to Washington’ or ‘The Wolfe Awards.’”
The Wolf grabs attention from the crowds in parades and students during football games, spreading the school spirit from St. Paul’s to New Orleans.
“Not many schools around this area have a mascot, and I think it adds a nice addition to the band and all that. He really gets the crowd going,” band director Andrew Moran said.
“He’s a hype-man,” junior Matthew Endres said, “At football games and at parades, you see him dancing and doing cartwheels and jumping all over the place. That’s how you show school spirit.”
“It’s important for a band to have a school’s mascot accompany them along a parade route; it really invigorates and gets the crowd involved in a performance,” junior band member Lester Guttuso said.
Those playing the role of the wolf strive to give character to the football team, the Marching Wolves and the overall school community, with the additional goal of putting fear in opponents on the field and floor.
“It was great, you know,” John Rice, the wolf of 1986-87 said. “You just get high-fived by people and dance. I was in front of everyone and felt very charged up. It was a whole adrenaline rush.”
But for all this effort through the years, the wolf still needs an official name. The St. Paul’s community has considered naming the wolf by using alliteration; an example of this would be Pierre The Pelican. Another approach to naming the wolf would be using the “Mike The Tiger” approach. Mike the Tiger got his name from the man who bought the tiger as a cub and brought it to LSU’s campus, Mike Chambers.
If you have an idea for the wolf’s name, submit your suggestion to email@example.com, and the Marching Wolves and Golden Blues will choose the top five contenders. The Paper Wolf will then offer the names to the student body for a vote.